1. Global Village. Whether they call it "rooted," or "global," or "well-traveled," design experts are in agreement on one thing this year - they love the eclectic look built around pieces with a decidedly international flair. This rug is a great example of how to incorporate that vibe without giving a room an up-and-down "I bought this at Target's Global Bazaar" feel.
2. Sentimentality. I love rooms that tell the story of their owners' lives. Spaces that include personal touches have a lot of soul, whether those touches are a vintage case handed down for generations, tchotchkes picked up during a Peace Corps stint, or, like here, a board covered in mementos from a favorite vacation.
3. Simplified. In a nod to Bauhaus, design experts predict a return to super-simple lines and clean arrangements.
4. Refreshed. Everybody's talking about bright, bold colors, natural light, and interiors that energize, rather than calm. What could be more energizing than an electric rug and a collection of toys that prove a space really gets used.
5. Artisanal. Borrowing from the food world, this trend is all about lovingly handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, high end specialty items. It's also the reason why we should all be thankful for Etsy - it's a great place to find seriously cool, nicely made, unique items made by true craftsmen (like this amazing mirror).
6. Texture. It's easy to think about color when we're thinking about design, but it's important not to forget about texture. In 2010, experts predict that mixing textures - like this rough wallpaper next to a smooth sink and cabinets - will be all the rage.
7. Get It on the Ceiling. This prediction is pretty specific, but I like it: we're going to start seeing more wallpaper on the ceiling. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it, "a popular option for creating visual impact."
8. Odyssey. This trend is all about decorating for the future - decorating for a galaxy far, far away. I've always liked how this room (especially those Louis Ghost chairs) melds futuristic, translucent materials with traditional, even rococo, shapes.
9. Real. This trend is largely defined by it's opposite - faux. Designers are tired of seeing fake antlers everywhere, so they're craving a return to materials that are, well, real. Wood has a kind of authenticity that you can't deny - especially when it gets a little dinged up.
10. Harvest. I have to admit, I was puzzled when I first read about the trend called, "harvest." Designing around agriculture? As I read further, though, I realized that the trend is really about family, togetherness, and comfort - the characteristics we often associate with the time of year around Thanksgiving. It's about creating spaces that celebrate togetherness and comfort.